a female given name, form of Helen.


or Gwynne



EleanorNell, 1650–87, English actress: mistress of Charles II. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of nell

  • For all we knew, she would be Jodie Foster in Nell, muttering chik-abee ta-ta een tha wayeen.

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    The Monica Column You Least Expected

    Kevin Bleyer

    May 11, 2014

  • From the start of the book, Nell feels an attraction to churchyards.

  • He was born Mark Lavon Helm in 1940, in Elaine, Ark., the son of Nell and Diamond Helm, a cotton farmer.

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    Levon Helm of The Band: Obituary

    Malcolm Jones

    April 19, 2012

  • We meet Nell, a plump, insecure student at Drama Arts who laments losing lead roles to the beauties dominating her profession.

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    This Week's Hot Reads

    Lizzie Crocker

    November 9, 2011

  • Just this morning I was listening to Noel Coward singing, “I went to a MAAAAAAVELOUS party with Nunu and Nada and Nell...”

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    Dirty Harry

    Kevin Sessums

    January 26, 2009

Historical Examples of nell

British Dictionary definitions for nell



Nell, original name Eleanor Gwynne. 1650–87, English actress; mistress of Charles II
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